Before any number, there is zero. As a result, in numerology, zero is often associated with potential and possibilities, and all that comes before the changes. If zeros keep popping up in your life anywhere from receipts to invoices, these appearances may be signaling new opportunities and possibilities.
These repeating number sequences, known as angel numbers, are used as guides for deeper spiritual exploration. From zero to nine, each numeral has its own significance.
In a conversation with professional numerologist Novalee Wilder, USA TODAY dives deeper into the number zero and its angel number meaning, including how it can impact your relationships and careers.
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What does 000 mean?
Angel number 000 signals that something is coming and the potential behind this change.
"Usually, I see zeros as a pause," said Wilder. "Maybe you're percolating an idea in your head like something is simmering. You're gathering supplies or gathering energy. Seeing a lot of zero is just potential."
Maybe you're seeing more job listings on LinkedIn, giving you the push to apply. Or considering saying "yes" to a friend who won't stop talking about setting you up on a blind date.
Zero often makes appearances prior to the upcoming shifts, rather than signifying they are already underway.
"It's before anything else is happening, zero shows up," said Wilder. "It's like the seed of life."
The angel number can also mean to slow down and consider your choices before making any decisions. It emphasizes working things out for a better timeline and weighing your options.
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Since 000 is heavily associated with possibility and the unknown, it's important to remember not to fall in love with someone's potential in relationships.
Be sure to assess all sides of forthcoming opportunities, especially when it comes to relationships. Think of it like trying on new clothes, said Wilder. Ask yourself questions about what you want out of this new relationship. List your values, wants and needs.
"Does he like me, or will they pick me?" said Wilder. "Instead, sometimes the question is, 'Do I like him?'"
The repeating appearance of 000 reminds us to take whatever view you have and flip it. While your mind may be seeing the potential one way, the universe may be presenting it in another.
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Much like in relationships, 000 reminds you to weigh your options in the workplace. When applying to a new job, remember to adjust your mindset. Think back to the list of things you want to know about this opportunity.
"Instead of thinking, 'I really got to impress them,' remember to make your little list of things to ask about," said Wilder. "Why is this position available? What happened to the last person who had this position? How long do people usually stay?" These are good questions to ask.
By doing this, it will help you assess whether this role is worth it. The angel number 000 allows you to see a situation for what it is worth and the possibilities that come with it, but it also recognizes the value of something as it is, not what it can be.
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The endless potential of 000 is a major positive to encountering the angel number, said Wilder.
Just as the universe is infinitely creative, so are the possibilities in your life. If you are seeing a lot of 000 in your life, the universe if presenting that something better is on its way.
If one door closes, another one will surely open, and that is what 000 reminds us.
"It doesn't really matter if not this thing, then something else," said Wilder. "If whatever big thing you're working on is not working out, then there must be a better timeline."
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While open creativity is wonderful, there's also a downside. There may be great options coming your way, but there may also be not so great ones.
Don't put your eggs in one basket, said Wilder. When one opportunity presents itself, do not jump to take it just because it seems the best at the time; a greater one could be coming, you just have to wait.
Additionally, all these signs could be pointing that something is on its way but it never seems to pan out. While zero is infinite, it is also empty, said Wilder. Without contemplating or considering the situation at hand, you may jump in too early.
Take the time to find your incentive to push you along the journey that the angel number 000 is signaling. "It needs something else to join it," Wilder said.
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